Old and New Treasure in Washington D.C.

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Old and New Treasure in Washington D.C.

June 12th - 16th , 2019

Experience spectacular new and old museums in our nation’s capital during this five-day late spring tour. It features an in-depth tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in 2016. The museum, housed in a visually striking, metal-clad building, tells powerful stories about the African American experience. We’ll travel to Potomac, Maryland to explore Glenstone, a recently expanded private museum featuring contemporary art in both a modern gallery building and an expansive sculpture garden. Also included are private curator-led tours at the National Gallery of Art, Phillips Collection, National Portrait Gallery, Kreeger Museum, Renwick Gallery and a visit to the studio of a noted artist.

Daily Itinerary

Wednesday, June 12th:

Individual arrivals and check-in at the Kimpton Monaco, where hip meets traditional in a wonderfully central location.

In late afternoon, gather in lobby to walk across the street for a tour at the National Portrait Gallery. Among the highlights are the recent additions of former President Barack Obama painted by Kehinde Wiley, and former First Lady Michelle Obama painted by Amy Sherald. Enjoy a festive Welcome Dinner at Dirty Habit, the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant.

Thursday, June 13th:

Gather in hotel lobby this morning for short walk to the National Gallery of Art. Enjoy curator-led tours of the collection, first highlighting Old Masters and later modern and contemporary work featured in the East Building. Time for independent viewing will be incorporated, along with a casual lunch at the museum’s Cascade restaurant.

Depart mid-afternoon for a visit to the studio of a painter/sculptor whose work is included in many museums and private collections, including the National Museum for Women in the Arts. 

Late afternoon free and dinner on own.

Friday, June 14th:

Begin the day at The National Museum of African American History and Culture for an expert tour of select exhibitions. En route to lunch at Firefly in Dupont Circle, we’ll stop to view the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

After lunch, continue to the Phillips Collection, home to an extraordinary collection of works ranging from French Impressionist masterpieces to American modernism and contemporary art, all displayed in an intimate setting.  Renoir’s famous painting Luncheon of the Boating Party and The Rothko Room are among the highlights. Return to hotel. Optional no-host dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant. 

Saturday, June 15th:

Morning transfer to Glenstone, a private museum and surrounding estate nestled in the hills just outside Washington in Potomac, Maryland. The museum, recently expanded with a new 204-square-foot exhibition space, displays world-class modern and contemporary art. Enjoy lunch at Lock 72, a favorite neighborhood restaurant in Potomac village.

Return to Washington for mid-afternoon private tour at the Kreeger Museum, located in the former home of Carmen and David Kreeger. Designed by architect Philip Johnson, the residence rests on five acres of sculpture-filled gardens and is surrounded by tranquil woods. The Kreeger’s focus on 19th and 20th century paintings is evidenced by works of Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Cezanne, Chagall,  Miro and Stella.

This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at Le Diplomate, a lively and elegant French-style brasserie.

Sunday, June 16th:

Hotel check out before transfer to the Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum dedicated to exhibiting American contemporary craft.  We’ll have a docent-led tour of the permanent collection followed by free time to explore special exhibitions. Walk to the popular restaurant Founding Farmers DC for brunch.

Mid-afternoon transfer to airport for late afternoon departing flights.

Trip Cost 

$3,300 per person, based on double occupancy.  Single supplement, add $400.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Four nights 4-star hotel accommodations including breakfast vouchers 

  • Three lunches and one brunch with non-alcoholic drinks

  • Welcome and farewell dinners with wine included 

  • Transportation by private motor coach and taxi service

  • All museum and admission charges

Not Included:

  • Airfare to/from Washington, D.C. (suggested schedule to be sent upon registration)

  • Dinners on Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14 

  • Hotel extras beyond those included above 

  • Gratuity for motor coach driver (optional) 

  • Trip cancellation insurance